Tuesday, May 31, 2011

And they lived (financially) happily ever after

Investopedia claims that money is the number one issue couples fight over and whether that's true or not, most couples can at least agree they've experienced a battle or two with their significant other over finances.

If you're about to take the next step in your relationship, be sure to read Caroline Cakebread's Chatelaine article 10 money talks to have before marriage (or living together). Cakebread covers the basics to ensure you save yourself from heartbreak and money woes. And if you happen to already be in a committed relationship but haven't yet talked about money, it may not be a bad idea to bring up these points with your honey to see if you're both on the same page.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Countryside Charm

Applying the Bath & Body Works Country Chic Body Lotion on after a relaxingly, warm shower instantly makes us feel energized and invigorated. Country Chic is the newest scent from the Bath & Body Works Signature Collection line and it's available in every kind of format from a shower gel and body cream to an eau de toilette and fragrance mist. Described as "an effortlessly sexy blend of sparkling lemon, bright wildflowers and springwoods, inspired by the fresh air of the country", this crisp scent of the natural environment is ideal for the gal who loves to be reminded of the outdoors even when she's cooped up in an office building.

$11 for Body Lotion (237 ml / 8 fl oz); Items in the collection range from $8 to $34.50 at Bath & Body Works

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Author Tour: Fawzia Koofi (May 30-June 6, 2011)

She's described as a selfless leader, a modern thinker, poet, an articulated teacher, and a linguist, but "a kind mother" may be the most meaningful title that Fawzia Koofi goes by.

Koofi is a member of parliament in Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province, and has previously worked with UNICEF and various NGOs as a women’s and children’s advocate.

The Globe and Mail article
Fawzia Koofi: The face of what Afghanistan could be, published in January 2011, is an excellent account of Koofi's mission.

Interested in hearing her speak live? Koofi is currently on a Canadian tour to promote her memoir
Letters to My Daughter, a book in which she tells her remarkable life story and gives her take on Afghan society and Islam.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Perfect - Pink

Feeling inadequate in your job? Keep your chin up because you're doing a perfectly fine job. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Here's Pink's latest hit to perk you up for the weekend.

Have a great one, ladies, and see you on Monday!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gals We Admire: Gloria Latham

Gloria Latham

Gloria Latham, Co-owner of Semperviva Yoga, is going to OM-spire you to new heights with her positive attitude and zest for life. And with yoga retreats in both B.C. and Greece, Latham has turned practicing downward dog into an international affair.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

National Work From Home Day

Check out the video below to find out more about an initiative from Workopolis asking Parliament to recognize an annual Work From Home Day.

Would you support a government-mandated work from home day? Share your thoughts with us in the Comments section of this post.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tea(m) Time

Okay, we talk a lot about being passionate about what we do, but what if for some of us, all we're looking for is a pleasant work experience? Check out The ticket to happiness at work? Tea time by Sarah Hampson, where the author suggests that perhaps some workers just want a boss who listens, to have time to enjoy their lunch and coffee breaks, and leave the office at a normal hour after having put in a solid day's work. Doesn't sound so bad, does it?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Something Borrowed: Something delightfully wonderful

Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin in a scene from 'Something Borrowed'

(Release Date: May 6, 2011)
Something Borrowed: Something delightfully wonderful

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When a chick flick is done right, it is a great escape from reality for a couple hours. And make no mistake
Something Borrowed, a new romantic comedy based on the bestselling Emily Giffin novel of the same name, is time well spent.

Ginnifer Goodwin plays Rachel, a goody-goody, straight and narrow lawyer and Kate Hudson is Darcy, Rachel's longtime best friend who is as free-spirited as she is self-absorbed. After having one too many drinks on her 30th birthday, Rachel winds up having a fling with Dex (Colin Egglesfield) who is not only her crush from her law school days, but also Darcy's fiancé.

Problem is, it's more than just a fling. Turns out Dex was once interested in Rachel too, but the shy and timid Rachel didn't catch on when she had the chance, and thus Darcy swooped in and is now only a few months away from marrying Dex. The film focuses on this love triangle with Dex torn between choosing Darcy or Rachel.

But it's not the main plot that captures our attention the most. What's truly wonderful about the movie are the moments between Rachel and Darcy (the Salt-N-Pepa dance sequence is just the right amount of corniness mixed with cuteness). You get the chance to see how two women who are polar opposites develop and maintain a friendship that has lasted from childhood to adulthood.

Rachel also has her funny wise-cracking guy pal Ethan (John Krasinski) to confide in, and you can bet that Krasinski definitely adds more than his share of comic relief to the film.

Though there are a lot of moral dilemmas to deal with here, what's particularly good about the movie is that it doesn't skirt behind these issues. In fact, it's very clear by the conclusion of the film that there are consequences to a person's actions. No doubt, the film has plenty of laughs, but you'll also be left with thinking twice about how important your friendships truly areand what you would (or wouldn't) do to keep them.

Emily Giffin fans will be happy to know the movie stays fairly true to its literary roots. Look out for a cameo by Giffin sitting on a park bench reading, of all things, Something Blue. Now if that isn't a less-than-subtle hint for the book's sequel to be made, we don't know what it is, but we would certainly be alright with that!

Click here for the official Something Borrowed movie site

Check out the official trailer for Something Borrowed: